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Taylor's century lifts New Zealand to 285-8 in first one-dayer

Taylor's century lifts New Zealand to 285-8 in first one-dayer

Ross Taylor scored his maiden century in limited-overs internationals helping New Zealand to 285 for eight Thursday in the first of five one-day matches against Sri Lanka.
Taylor came to the wicket when New Zealand was 18 for one after five overs and carried his bat for the remainder of the innings, reaching 128 and sharing a crucial 152-run second-wicket partnership with Nathan Astle, who made 83.
The 22-year-old Central Districts right hander, playing only his third one-day international, improved on his previous high score of 31 and revealed some of the considerable talent his supporters around the New Zealand team have long claimed for him.
He scored his runs from 133 balls with 12 fours and four sixes, taking charge of the innings after Astle's dismissal.
Taylor coped well with a varied Sri Lankan attack, milking runs from its medium pacers and seeing off the considerable threat of off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
He worked singles with deft glances and pushes through the leg side and hit strongly down the ground, taking advantage of field restrictions during New Zealand's power plays.
Astle had given the New Zealand innings early impetus, taking particular toll of Lasith Malinga who conceded 38 runs from his first five overs. He dashed to a half century from 45 balls with eight fours and a six and was approaching his 17th one-day century when he was run out by a deflection onto the stumps at the non-striker's end.
New Zealand slipped from 169 for one to 229 for five as its reshaped middle order faltered.
Peter Fulton was out for 24 and Chaminda Vaas, who bowled consistently well, dismissed New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori (5) and James Marshall (0) with successive deliveries.
Vaas' lbw appeal on his hattrick ball was declined.
Hamish Marshall (17), James Franklin (2) and Andre Adams (3) also performed moderately but Taylor kept the threads of New Zealand's innings together. He was cautious and watchful, choosing the right ball to attack, but he still managed a strike rate in excess of 96.
Vaas, the best of the Sri Lankan bowlers, took three for 50, Malinga came back well to take 2-66 and Muralitharan finished with 1-48 from 10 overs.


Updated : 2021-03-07 08:15 GMT+08:00